There are very few things homeowners take more pride in than having beautiful green grass, especially in the summer. From treating it and watering it to mowing it and playing on it, so much time is spent on the world’s grass. Yet, there is much more to learn about it — which is why we highlight some interesting tidbits about grass and lawn care below. We suggest showing off your newfound grass knowledge at your next backyard barbeque.
1. An estimated 20% of the vegetation on earth is grasslands. Though grass is most often found in temperate and tropical land areas, it’s found in many parts of the world — most notably in North America, South America, Africa, and Europe.
2. Grass gets its green color from chlorophyll. To refresh your memory from grammar school earth science, chlorophyll absorbs red and blue light while reflecting a green color. When grass absorbs the light energy, the chlorophyll molecule goes into a high energy state and provides chemical energy for the grass’s metabolism.
3. Grass makes up the world’s most significant food source. From grazing grass for animals to grass for food crops like oats and barley, all grass is in the Poaceae family — and is consumed heavily throughout the world.
4. Lawns produce a ton of oxygen. They can be about three times more effective than trees at producing oxygen. A 50 ft. x 50 ft. lawn releases enough oxygen for a family of four for a full day. Your lawn will also improve air quality by trapping airborne dust particles and other contaminants.
5. Grass is as old as dirt ... well, almost. Grass has been around for thousands of years. But just how old is grass, you ask? A patch of seagrass recently found in the Mediterranean Sea is estimated at 200,000 years old.
6. Twenty-two million homeowners hire a lawn care service for their landscaping. Though this may seem like a huge number, it’s actually at its lowest level in years. It’s evident that many homeowners are looking to save on lawn care and taking lawn matters into their own hands.
7. The average homeowner spends about 70 hours a year working on their lawn. This breaks down to a little under an hour and a half a day. But if you live in a cooler climate, you end up tending to your lawn much less in the winter months.
As a homeowner, you probably know how difficult it can be to keep your grass green and full of life. Do us a favor: take a look at your front lawn. Could it use some work? If so, this free guide is just what the lawn doctor ordered. Give it a click.